Guyanese man kills sleeping wife, commits suicide in US
Guyanese man, 37-year-old Aditya Ramotar between Friday night and yesterday morning shot and killed his 34-year-old ex wife, Sharon Forbes, before turning the weapon on himself at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Their bodies were later discovered by their eight-year-son, who took the gun over to a neighbour’s house and related that his parents were dead.
‘The Daily News Journal’ yesterday reported that around 6:41 am, the neighbour, after securing the handgun, made contact with police who later showed up at Forbes’ 1224 Bolton Drive, Tennessee home.
The Daily News Journal also quoted Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold as saying that the horrific event occurred as the children, ages 8, 6 and 2, slept inside the home.
It went on to establish that while the eight, and six-year-olds are the biological children of Forbes and Ramotar, the 2-year-old is a nephew who was living in the home with his mother, and Forbes’ sister. The sister was said to have been staying with a friend when the incident occurred.
The Smyrna Police Chief was further quoted as saying that they have learned so far that Ramotar and Forbes were married at one point, but that they were divorced and were most recently in the process of reconciling.
The Daily News Journal also reported that “one neighbor claimed he heard what sounded like two popping sounds around 6 a.m., but thought at the time it may have just been a neighbour working on his home.”
The story by The Daily News Journal went on to say that neighbours were reluctant to be named or quoted, since they did not know much about the family who moved into the home just about two months ago.
The Daily News Journal also stated that “as for their children, they were in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services Saturday afternoon, as DCS worked to ensure their placement with an appropriate family member”.
The children attended Stewartsboro Elementary in Smyrna, and according to The Daily News Journal, the school system plans to have counselors available to speak with students on Monday.
Kaieteur News understands that Forbes had given her ex two weeks to permanently leave the house, and Friday night would’ve been his last. They had been together for over 10 years.
Both parties hail from Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, but were American Citizens.
Despite much effort, Kaieteur News was unable to make contact with Ramotar’s family.
Meanwhile, Forbes’ family members are in a deep state of grief as they make preparations for a funeral service.
Kaieteur News understands that Forbes also has a daughter in Guyana. She is not Ramotar’s biological child.